BlackRock Center for the Arts provides gallery space for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences of all ages.

With two galleries presenting a diverse program of exhibitions and gallery education activities for all ages, our nonprofit arts center offers the community multiple opportunities to experience and explore the visual arts. Please join us for free Gallery Receptions where you can meet exhibiting artists and fellow art lovers, enjoy light refreshments, and engage in discussions about the work on exhibit in both galleries. Admission to the galleries is free.

Thanks to an unprecedented gift made by Lauren and Rick Pollin, The Kay Gallery was named in 2014 in loving memory of Jack and Ina Kay. The Kay family have been major supporters of the Jewish, social services, education and arts communities in the greater Washington, DC area and beyond. Click here to learn more about the Kay Gallery.

“This is a beautiful way to honor my parents and give back to the community.”
- Lauren Pollin

Showcasing the work of emerging and mid-career artists from the Mid-Atlantic region, the intimate, 1500 square-foot art gallery is noteworthy for its soaring ceilings and natural light. Located on the first floor, the gallery also serves as a performance venue for classical music concerts, and is a fabulous space to rent for your special events.

The Terrace Gallery

Featuring the work of local artists, this second floor gallery is a great space to rent for special events with a unique vantage point at the top of the Grand Staircase overlooking the lobby.

Exhibitions & Events

BlackRock presents changing exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and established artists in the The Kay Gallery and Terrace Gallery. An expanding program of Gallery Events now includes free Family Programs, Gallery Tours for groups of all ages, Lectures, Artist Talks and Artist Demonstrations.

To learn about Gallery Exhibitions, Events & Artist Opportunities, click on the links below:

Gallery Hours

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.*
Sunday: Closed*

*Galleries are often open in the evening and on Sundays when performances are offered at BlackRock. Galleries are closed to the public on certain dates when private events are held or exhibits are being installed.

Please call 301-528-2260 to confirm gallery open hours before your visit.

Galleries Closed:

The Galleries are sometimes closed to the public during private event rentals, when new exhibits are being installed, and when BlackRock is closed for holidays. 

Monday, January 20, 2020
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, February 17, 2020

Presidents Day

Monday, February 24 – Friday, February 28, 2020

Gallery Tours

To plan a Gallery Tour for your group, please send an email to or call 301-528-2260.


Gallery Volunteer Opportunities: BlackRock is seeking volunteers who are interested in welcoming visitors to our art galleries. Gallery Volunteers generally greet the public while seated at a desk where they can read, study, work on a laptop or tablet, knit, sketch, etc. During special events, Gallery Volunteers may be stationed at various locations to greet larger groups attending gallery receptions, tours, artist talks, hands-on art making activities, and other programs. Prospective volunteers should be interested in visual art and enjoy interacting with the public. Volunteers earn free tickets to performances at BlackRock. Student volunteers may earn Student Service Learning (SSL) hours. To become a Gallery Volunteer, please contact Anne Burton, Gallery Director, via email:

Gallery Internships: BlackRock offers both academic internships (for high school or college course credit) and professional internships (for professional experience). If you are interested in applying for an internship assisting with our gallery exhibitions and gallery educational programs, please send a cover letter and resume to Anne Burton, Gallery Director, via email:

Support Gallery Programming

Focused on both visual and performing arts, BlackRock is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts center that takes a multidisciplinary approach to the presentation of art and provides opportunities for artists and the community to connect in a welcoming and intimate setting. Since 2002, BlackRock has been the center for cultural exploration in Upper Montgomery County Maryland, presenting contemporary visual art exhibitions, live performances, concerts, film screenings, social dances and other special events as well as classes, camps and workshops in the visual and performing arts. We rely on donations from supporters like you to provide free public programs in our galleries.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to BlackRock today.